Allied

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ALLIED—well produced 2016 period drama is a throwback to old WW2 movies about espionage, with romance mixing into the danger. Appealing stars and a good look make for an entertaining 124-minute dip into nostalgia, duty and sacrifice.

1942 in Casablanca: two allied undercover operatives, one Canadian (Brad Pitt), the other French (Marion Cotillard) meet, complete a mission, fall in love. The war goes on, and dark questions about motives shake the relationship. Are you who you say you are?

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Directed by Robert Zemeckis, it is complemented by smart use of CGI effects, nicely lit sets, neat costumes and props and punchy sound effects. The supporting cast is so-so, and like so many recent movies about WW2, it takes some questionable attitudes regarding behavioral decorum, but the star-power from Pitt and Cotillard carries it over any bumps. With the first act taking place in Vichy-run Morocco, the inevitable ghosts of Bogart & Bergman trace faint shadows, but the crew here aren’t trying to re-invent the wheel as much as just rolling out a sleek and shiny spare, more along the lines of, say, a solid Alan Ladd & Hedy Lamarr model, and it all moves smoothly. A decent date movie.

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Filmed for $85,000,000, well-reviewed, it earned $112,700,000 and an Oscar nomination for Costume Design. With Jared Harris, Simon McBurney, Matthew Goode and August Diehl.

Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard Goes to Casablanca

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